Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


The Frame Football - Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement. Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.
The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is the leading national disability sporting charity dedicated to giving children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy meaningful opportunities to experience the physical, social and emotional wellbeing benefits that can be enjoyed through playing sport and other recreational activities. Every year we positively impact on the lives of more than 4,000 people and families affected by cerebral palsy. Through the power of sport and recreation we raise hopes and aspirations by supporting people to overcome the challenges of their physical disability and take a more active role in their local community.
Football is probably the most popular sport in this country. Thousands of boys and girls play football at school, in community clubs, on the street and in parks every day. Children with cerebral palsy rarely have an opportunity to do this because of their impairment, co-ordination and perceptual difficulties which can cause marginalisation, exclusion and isolation. If children with cerebral palsy do play football the fun, enjoyment and benefits will be reduced at a time in their life when the need for positive life experiences is crucial to personal development and wellbeing.
We developed Frame Football as a pioneering game which gives so many more children with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing football. Without Frame Football, children and young people who use walkers, canes, crutches and Kaye-walkers for mobility and balance would not be able to play the game.
Children with cerebral palsy are usually conscious about their disability, nervous, worried about what others think of them and have low self-esteem. Lace Up Your Boots aims to aims to overcome these fundamental problems, giving young people with cerebral palsy the chance to play their favourite sport with their peers of similar ability and have fun. Kickstarts are for children and young people aged 3 to 16 and players can learn the A, B, Cs of the game - agility, balance and coordination, all real challenges for young cerebral palsy footballers. They will also enjoy sessions on passing, dribbling and shooting before ending with a small-sided game. A Kickstart is for any young person with cerebral palsy regardless of their ability or need for a mobility aid.

“Our son loves football and tried to play with his local mainstream team, however it was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. He was never passed the ball and was never likely to be part of the team. This significantly impacted on his self-confidence and after just two weeks he did not want to go and was very upset about it. The Frame Football he enjoyed with Cerebral Palsy Sport has given him a huge confidence boost and made him feel included and part of a team.” (Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport

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Cerebral Palsy Sport is a national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. We are very proud of the lives we transform by getting children and young people with cp into sport to join in, make friends, learn new skills and have fun!

Location: England, United Kingdom